Funded Projects

To encourage innovation and scholarship, the Social Justice Institute has established a Social Justice Research Fellowship Program that, through competitive grants, funds faculty and student research that advances social justice work, from humanistic inquiry to action research.

Previous grants have supported proposals that focus on issues that are both local and global. From youth development to elderly care; from political systems to individual recovery efforts, these projects have represented the same diversity as their recipients. The Social Justice Institute is proud to support faculty, graduate and undergraduate research over the years. 


Faculty Research Grants


2019-2020 Recipients

 

Center for Engineering Action Leadership Team

 

Center for Engineering Action Symposium on Responsible Community Partnerships

Andrew Rollins, Kurt Rhoads, Umut Gurkan, and Lynn Rollins

Center for Engineering Action (CEngA) Leadership Team

 

Shai White

 

Race, Food and Justice 2020: Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens

Shaii White

Application Coordinator, Graduate Admissions, Weatherhead School of Management

Loretta

 

Sing my Brother, Sing! Say what’s on your mind; Do it with a rhyme! with Dr. David L. Moody

Loretta Laffitte-Griffin

Coordinator, CWRU Cashier's Office


2018-2019 Recipient

Photo of Dr. Marsha Michie professor at Case Western Reserve University

 

Clinician Perspectives on Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality

Marsha Michie

Assistant Professor of Bioethics 

Project collaboration with Kavita Shah Arora + Aaron J. Goldenberg

 


2017-2018 Recipients

Photograph of anthropology professor Lee Hoffer

 

Using Photovoice to Capture Diverse Experiences of Cleveland's Opioid Crisis

Lee Hoffer

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Photograph of Avidan Cover in front of the Israel-Palestinian border wall with grafitti

Project Collaboration with Allison Schlosser

 

Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Avidan Y. Cover

Associate Professor of Law 


2016-2017 Recipients

Portrait of Matthew Rossman

 

In Search Of . . . Smarter and Fairer Approaches to Federal Tax Subsidies

Matthew J. Rossman

Professor of Law

View the research abstract and article here.

 

Portrait of Janet W. McGrath
Portrait of Andrew Rollins
Anthropology-Engineering Collaborative (AEC): Designing Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Problems

Janet W. McGrath, Professor of Anthropology

Andrew Rollins, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine


2015-2016 Recipients

 

Diana with two students in front of a bookcase
Lost and Found - Collective Identity Recovery through Legacy

Diana Bilimoria

KeyBank Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management

Project collaboration with Morgan Bulger + Keimei Sugiyama

 

Portrait of Cassi Pittman
Forest Hill Neighborhood Study - How Racial and Cultural Affinities Inform Residential Preferences and Considerations of Neighborhood Desirability

Cassi Pittman

Assistant Professor of Sociology


2014-2015 Recipients

Portrait of Kelly McMann

 

The Quest for Rights & Justice in Authoritarian Enclaves

Kelly McMann

Associate Professor of Political Science

Picture of Timothy Black

 

Masculinities, Fatherhood, and Marginalized Urban Communities

Timothy Black

Associate Professor of Sociology

Portrait of Daniel Lacks

 

Course Redesign Grant: An Interdisciplinary Engineering-focused Social Justice Capstone

Daniel Lacks

C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering


Graduate Student Fellowships


2019-2020 Graduate Research Fellows

Photograph of Luma AlMasarweh

 

Being and Belonging: Transnational Lives of Second Generation Arab Americans 

Luma AlMasarweh

Graduate Student, Sociology

Photograph of Brooke Jespersen

 

Mobility, Agency, and Inequality in Late-Life: Approaching Puerto Rican Elderhood from an Intersectional Life Course Perspective

Brooke Jespersen

Graduate Student, Anthropology

Photograph of Julie Schexnayder

 

 

Exploring the Role of PrEP Implementation Strategies in Reducing Disparities to HIV Prevention Services

Julie Schexnayder

Graduate Student, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Photograph of Michael Slone

 

 

Crowded Work: A Participant-Observation Study of Platform Labor

Michael R. Slone

Graduate Student, Sociology


2018-2019 Graduate Research Fellows

Photograph of Uriel Kim SJI Fellow CWRU PhD student

 

Reducing Lung Cancer Disparities at a Community Scale using a Multilevel, Data-driven Approach

Uriel Kim

Graduate Student, Clinical Translational Science

Photograph of Sonya Petrakovitz CWRU Medical Anthropology PhD SJI Research Fellow

 

 

Ancestral Medicine and Cultural Persistence: Community Resistance to Colonialism and Cultural Commodification on Rapa Nui

Sonya Petrakovitz

Graduate Student, Medical Anthropology


2017-2018 Graduate Research Fellow

Photograph of Lacey Caporale Case Western Reserve University sociology student

 

An Investigation of the Detroit Shoreway Developing Neighborhood

Lacey Caporale

Graduate Student, Sociology


2016-2017 Graduate Research Fellows

Portrait of Liz Nalepa

 

The Effects of TRAP Laws on the Timing of Abortion

Elizabeth Nalepa

Graduate Student, Sociology

Portrait of Megan Schmidt-Sane

 

Masculinity, Gender Norms and HIV Risk in Low-Income Communities in Kampala, Uganda: An ethnographic pilot study

Megan Schmidt-Sane

Graduate Student, Medical Anthropology 


2015-2016 Graduate Research Fellow

Portrait of Frank Manzella

 

Transnational Health Care in Urban Brazil

Frank Manzella

Graduate Student, Anthropology

 


2014-2015 Graduate Research Fellows

Portrait of Allison Schlosser

 

Belonging and Experience: An Ethnographic Study of Addiction Treatment in the Post-Welfare United States

Allison Schlosser

Graduate Student, Anthropology

Portrait of Yan Zhang

 

Family Care Arrangement and Elder Mistreatment for Dementia Patients in China

Yan Zhang

Graduate Student, Medical Anthropology


Undergraduate Student Grants


2019-2020 Recipients

Tim O'shea

 

Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid with Dr. Richard Falk

Tim O'Shea

Junior, Political Science


2018-2019 Recipients

Photograph of Leo Ndiaye Case Western Reserve University student and recipient of SJI fellowship

 

Fish and Gender Displacement: Actor-Networks of Community Fisheries Management in Senegal  

Leo Ndiaye

Junior, Environmental and International Studies

 

photograph of Jennifer Nielsen CWRU SJI Research Fellow

 

Examining HIV Prevalence and Risk Behavior within Johannesburg Townships Affected Differently by Apartheid

Jennifer Nielsen

Junior, Medical Anthropology and Public Health

 


2017-2018 Recipients

Portrait of MaryTherese Escueta

 

"I Do Wanna Dance": The Lived Experiences of Professional Dancers of Color

MaryTherese Escueta

Portrait of Anjana Renganathan

Senior, Sociology and Dance

 

 

A Dynamic Analysis and History of Street Medics in the United States

Anjana Renganathan

Senior, Biology


2014-2015 Recipient

Portrait of Suneil Kamath

 

Hip-Hop Education and Learning (HEAL)

Suneil Kamath

Sophomore, Business Management